A Mother’s Day Reflection: On Love and Loss

The last two weeks leading up to Mother’s Day have been like fingernails on a blackboard for me. I have endured the barrage of cheerful images of little tots holding their mothers’ hands as they gaze lovingly at them, remorsefulRead the Rest »

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Maya Angelou: Once Mute, Now a Voice for All Time

I first met Maya Angelou as a college student at Tufts University in Medford, MA.  After her free-wheeling and often theatrical presentation to a room full of awestruck young peopole, I shyly approached her to talk to her about theRead the Rest »

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Lovely Lupita

Okay, affirming community.  It has been a looooong time.  Between crushing work schedules, mind-blowing senior care and life in general, I have neglected my musings and you. But I could not let this week pass before adding to the long listRead the Rest »

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Gerald R. Gill, the Best Teacher I Never Had

Professor Gerald Gill was a quiet, dignified and purposeful man—part teacher, part big brother, part father, protector and friend.  Although I never took his class, he was perhaps the individual who had the most impact on my Tufts career, the best teacherRead the Rest »

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Fix Me Jesus, Fix Me

One of my favorite treats during the holiday season is Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s program Revelations, an exploration of the “places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.”  Always a crowd pleaser, Revelations ends with the rousingRead the Rest »

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WINNIE MANDELA Biopic is a Must-See

WINNIE MANDELA traces the fascinating story of the second Mrs. Mandela from tomboy and champion stick fighter to social worker, reluctant revolutionary to disgraced political leader. Insightful performances by Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Mandela and an astonishingly spot-on turn byRead the Rest »

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West Indian-American Carnival An Embarrassment to Caribbean People of Conscience

Each year I cringe as the spectacle known as the West Indian-American Day parade gyrates its way into the public consciousness. With this substandard event, complete with the annual shooting/stabbing/fight, are costumes that look like they were glued together onRead the Rest »

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Baldhead Empress’ Favorite Things 2012

As the year comes to a close, I remember some of the people and things that have made it a cheery one for me.   I hope you enjoy!  Love, peace and joy, Affirming Community. Happy New Year! BE. SELF CARE Bedford-StuyvesantRead the Rest »

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Score One for Democracy—Election Buying and Voter Nullification Fail in the Election of 2012

While some see the presidential election of 2012 as a moratorium on one  candidate or the other, for me it has been about the buying of an election. The notion that corporations could thwart the people’s will and simply purchase theRead the Rest »

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GLOBAL WOMAN: Margaret Smellie

Vibrant Margaret Smellie exudes confidence and positive energy.  Always on the go, her full life includes a social work career, a host of friends and social activities—and she is a 21-year survivor of breast cancer. Birthplace:  Kingston, Jamaica Residence:  Bronx,Read the Rest »

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